New Orleans-based painter and former Baton Rougean Sarah Ashley Longshore is making herself at home at Anthropologie. The popular clothier and home décor depot chose the 33-year-old as the inaugural artist for its new furniture concept, a line of four chairs showcasing her vivid paintings. Due in September, Ashley Longshore for Anthropologie will be featured in Anthropologie’s U.S. stores and catalog, on its Web site and in its London chains. The retailer also tapped Longshore to design packaging for a line of beauty products. The internationally known artist infuses her paintings with tongue-in-cheek humor and enough feminine charm to make the Anthropologie scouts swoon.
“To have this huge company believe in me, a self-taught artist, is really flattering,” she says.
The admiration is mutual. Longshore is a longtime “Anthro girl” who never leaves the store empty-handed. Personal fondness aside, she says the decision to collaborate was a no-brainer.